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'''Mary Boykin Chesnut''' (née Miller) (March 31, 1823 – November 22, 1886), was a South Carolina author noted for a book published as her Civil War diary, a "vivid picture of a society in the throes of its life-and-death struggle."Woodward, C. Vann. "Introduction", Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut, ''Mary Chesnut's Civil War'', 1981. She described the war from within her upper-class circles of Southern Planter (American South)|planter society, but encompassed all classes in her book. She was married to a lawyer who served as a United States senator and Confederate States of America|Confederate officer. Unlike her husband, Mary secretly held anti-slavery views. Chesnut worked toward a final form of her book in 1881–1884, based on her extensive diary written during the war years. It was published in 1905, 19 years after her death. New versions were published after her papers were discovered, in 1949 by the novelist Ben Ames...
Birth nameMary Boykin Miller
Birth dateMarch 31, 1823
Birth placenear Stateburg, South Carolina, US
Death date{{Death-date and age|November 22, 1886|March 31, 1823}}
Death place| nationality = American
Other names| known_for = Mary Chesnut's Civil War|Civil War diaries
SpouseJames Chesnut, Jr.
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